FFD: What games would you use to get others in to gaming?

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For many of us, gaming can be like a drug; something we become addicted to. We devour gaming news, want to play all the newest games, we keep playing old ones we love – and sometimes, it’s a relationship that can even be abusive.

Before it gets to that point though, many people need an introduction to games, something that draws them in – a sort of gateway drug. My own introduction (and subsequent addiction) to games came early on, thanks to the Atari 2600 and my need to chase high scores in Centipede.

These days though, there are so many games, on so many platforms that it’s daunting for somebody who perhaps has only a mild interest in games to jump in. People need guidance. Pretend for a moment that you’re a pusher. What games would you introduce to people as a way to get them interested in this hobby you love?

Perhaps something you could show your mom or dad, so they can understand games a little better. Perhaps something for your non-gaming partner so that the two of you could co-op.

Here, I think, is where VR will in some ways prove itself – in many ways, similarly to how the Wii did. Because of how it directly ties in with and tricks human brains, It’s far easier for somebody not versed in games to grasp, because it’s so visceral, and with the right controllers, so natural; you’re doing the same sort of things you’d do in the real world.

But it’s not the only way to get somebody interested in games – and they don’t have to be mobile games like Candy Crush. I’ve gotten people hooked on musical puzzler Lumines which scratches that Tetris itch (with better beats!), and have sold countless people on the joys of Kingdom Rush and Plants vs Zombies. I’ve even got my dear old, games-hating mum hooked on Peggle.

Pretend for a moment that you’re a pusher. What games would you introduce to people as a way to get them interested in this hobby you love?

Last Updated: January 4, 2017

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Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • I got my wife into gaming with Peggle… and now she’s addicted to Candy Crush and other crap social games..

    and so am I… damnit Peggle you did this to me

    • Admiral Chief in New York

      LOL, jy wil mos!

    • Pariah

      Peggle is one of those games though, holy crap.

    • Peggle is the bane of my existance.

      Ok hold on… Get it! Land in the high score zone! Come on! NO DO NOT BOUNCE THAT WAY!!! No no no! BACK YOU BAD BALL BACK!!!

      • It’s a roller coaster of emotions

        • I hate it *he said while trying to get the perfect shot in*

      • VampyreSquirrel

        That’s what she said?

        • Should have seen that coming. And yes. I see the next one coming too.

    • PEGGLE IS AMAZING.
      I’ve been championing Peggle for years.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Popcap have a lot to answer for. Peggle, Bejeweled, PvZ.

    • Captain JJ vs …………..

      Those aren’t games. 😛

    • GooseZA

      EXTREME FEVER!!!

  • Mass Effect and The Last of Us. Get people to appreciate story before they be come CoD obsessed.

    • Admiral Chief in New York

      Both which can be daunting for a first time gamer.

      What about, Thomas Was Alone. Good story, simple mechanics

      • Mass Effect on easy is not daunting at all. In fact I tend to replay it on easy just because I want to experience the story more than anything.

        • Pariah

          Not for a gamer. Imagine someone first picking up a game, never played before. ME is daunting. All those menus and stats and fps + rpg gameplay. There is so much going on for someone new.

          • I introduced a person to ME on pc and she finished it and now she has a massive gaming PC and has finished all of ME and is also trying KoToR. Nothing in the menus are daunting. Stats maybe but at the end of the day you can finish easy in the gear you start off with.

          • Pariah

            Everyone is different I guess. ME wouldn’t be one I’d think to introduce someone to gaming with though.

          • DragonSpirit009

            I tried introducing my mum to games. Failed badly but I discovered she like watching me play. But I’m not liking the fact that she laughs at me when I fall in to abyss somewhere.

          • Pariah

            Talking about mom. I introduced mine with Starcraft. Turns out she finally understood why I could forget about the world, when she forgot about picking me up. 3 times. At night. She vowed never to play games again. XD

          • *dies in Dark Souls. Again*
            *Throws controller*
            *mom laughs*

            Eish. Talk about the worst way to experience gaming.

          • Pariah

            Yeah, that’s. That’s actually kinda cool. I wish I had that. My mom just tries to talk to me and distract me from the game, completely disregarding it.

          • DragonSpirit009

            Me: *dies in game*
            Mom: Well you suck!
            Me: *gives death glare*
            Mom: Don’t give me that… you’re the one who died. Go look in a mirror.

          • Pariah

            I have to laugh. I’m sorry. XD

            I honestly would love that interaction.

          • DragonSpirit009

            That’s the kinda stuff that happens a lot in our house. Not just in gaming but when doing work around the house and so on.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            My favourite is “just pause the game so I can talk to you” when I CAN’T pause the game. lol

          • Pariah

            My mom doesn’t ask. She just talks, while in a hectic section or whatever. Doesn’t matter, middle of raid boss in MMO, or heavy boss fight or during an important STORY fucking cutscene. She just talks over it. Like “fuck your game, watchu gon’ do?”

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            OOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHH the story cut scene interruption. Presenting the appearance of calm while inside screaming “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO NOT NOW GO AWAY”.

          • Pariah

            One does not know anger management until one has survived the story cut scene interruption unscathed.

          • DragonSpirit009

            Man holding back anger during scenes while being interruption is a skill set alone!

          • DragonSpirit009

            I know this all to well!
            My mother always just say… Let the world/game die, the next one would be better.

          • Introduced my mom to Netflix. Now I don’t hear from her at all unless I need to remote into her system and fix something. 🙂

          • Pariah

            hahahaha

          • DragonSpirit009

            Lucky!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I bought them a media player. My sister bought a portable HDD. I filled it for them. Blessed silence for months.

          • DragonSpirit009

            My problem is usually my mother is finally settles down watching something then WHAM! She gives out orders on what I should do cause she is watching her show now.

          • Strawman Jim

            Hahaha backseat gaming 😀

          • That is what they had before but Netflix on fiber is 1000 times easier to handle and has a massive library (depending on if you know someone who knows stuff about things).

          • Matthew Holliday

            Mass effect 2 is possibly the easiest game i have ever played and can be played without experiencing ME1.
            Mass effect 3 can be played on story mode only.
            ME1 was perhaps a little more challenging, alot less hand holding.

      • GooseZA

        Amazing game.

    • Captain JJ vs …………..

      ME will be a bit too much for a first timer I think

  • Admiral Chief in New York

    This is a very good question. What to choose? Something with puzzles? Something shooty-pew-pew? Some RTS?

    Has to be something that stimulates the ol’ noggin.

    I’m thinking, Half Life 2. Or Portal.

    What I’m NOT thinking is something multiplayer.

    I’ll go with Portal, then Portal 2

    • Black Mesa is a good option.

      • Admiral Chief in New York

        Yes, agreed

  • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    Marvel or Star Wars Infinity.

    • Strawman Jim

      You are speaking my language sire!

      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        XD

    • Captain JJ vs …………..

      You have rich friends, right?

      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        I got an Edgars card 😛

        • Admiral Chief in New York

          So you can buy a 4.5?

          And donate the 4?

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            Exactly….wait what?

  • Pariah

    Honestly, everyone is different. I’ve tried getting my gf into Borderlands, but she just isn’t interested. Yet she can play hours and hours of DOTA or The Forest and it’s no issue at all.

    So, really. I think I’ll need to know the person before I can make a suggestion. Gaming is just too diverse.

    • Strawman Jim

      My wife recently got into the old Final Fantasy games, and it took me nearly a decade to get her into gaming at all. I tried everything from platformers, to racing games, to puzzle games, and all it took was Final Fantasy!

      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        Busy with FFX atm. Damned celestial weapons

        • Strawman Jim

          I remember those – hahaah! Good luck!

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            Got 4 out 7 so far

      • Pariah

        To be honest, the older ones are real gems. FF3, FF4 et al.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Bad taste: CONFIRMED. *run*

        • Pariah

          Definitely one in our mouths when you’re around, yeah. Confirmed.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            That’s not really my problem. *ziiiiiiiiiiip*

          • Pariah

            And the taste is vomit. Confirmed.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            haha

        • Strawman Jim

          Don’t let her see your comment or she’ll suplex the both of us!!!

          http://i.imgur.com/hxrMf5Z.gif?1

  • The new Ratchet and Clank game should do well, easy to get the hang of controls, funny story and puzzles to solve.

    • Strawman Jim

      That’s why I wish that Activision get their act together and make a new Spyro platformer. I miss Spyro.

      • DragonSpirit009

        I love Spyro! I want Spyro again!

        • Busy with Spyro Year of the dragon again on gold old PS1 and fat TV

          • DragonSpirit009

            I think I should go visit that game again as well. It’s been to long!

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    I’d give Rince Dark Souls on PC & make him play it without mods & with kb&m. Screw that guy, the chop.

    • Pariah

      LOL

  • Pariah

    Well, there is always Terraria.

    • Bought it for my backlog, still have no idea what it’s about xD

      • Pariah

        Prepare a few hundred hours of your life for that joy 😀 Seriously. 400-odd hours from my life, and I’m by far not the worst.

      • BakedBagel

        Side-Scroller Minecraft. Its obvs more than that. Really fun game actually…

        • Pariah

          Deja Vu

          • BakedBagel

            Found the right text box 😀 /

          • xD

    • BakedBagel

      Side-Scroller Minecraft. Its obvs more than that. Really fun game actually.

    • Strawman Jim

      Terraria made me the man I am today! Glorious game! 😀

      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        Bought it, still need to get into it

        • Pariah

          Worth it.

          • Strawman Jim

            Absolutely worth it!

        • Admiral Chief in New York

          What was that other game I recommended to you? Did you get to it yet?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            It was his birthday yesterday, why didn’t you get it for him?

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            No man, that was #7’s bday yesterdaaai

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            RC?

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            Yes. Did you get it?

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            Yeah, bot bad for 2005

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            Did you play it? Finish it?

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            Not yet, finished the first two levels.

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            Once you realize who does RC1262’s voice (Scorch), then CANNOT BE UNHEARD

  • DragonSpirit009

    I introduced my friend to Warframe after I leech off their internet for a weekend. She was curious and before I knew it she was playing it as well. Can’t play much now cause of the baby but that doesn’t stop me from leeching of their internet some weekends XD

  • BakedBagel

    Grand Theft Auto

    Want to shoot down a crowd of people just because? Well now you can

    :^)

    • Matthew Holliday

      GTA 3 was my first experience of using the mouse to look around and shoot, i was incapable of using both hands, one handed FPS/3rd person shooting is difficult, lol.
      although i was like, 12 or something

  • miaau

    A fun one. Fun as defined by every person being different.

    No one size fits all answer here, I think.

    most common? Tetris like games, that can be played quite quickly, but can be expanded upon by the skilled player.

    Take Chess, for example. Simple moves, but you can learn much, much more and complicate the game if you choose. But you do not have to.

  • Croc and Croc 2

    All the funs!!!

    • Pariah

      Dude, nobody likes Crocs. Get out.

      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        Deadpool does, but it’s still wrong

        • BakedBagel

          doesnt make it right dude :/

        • Pariah

          XD

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Well I’d start them off slow with something easy to pick up & play – story stuff like the Telltale games, maybe some cool little side scrollers like Dust or MotN, even arcade stuff like PinballFX2. Or if they want something action-y maybe Borderlands or Warframe where you can co-op & it’s not particularly difficult to get around. And then I’d give them Witcher 3.

    • You had me at story stuff …. then lost me at borderlands. 😛

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Borderlands is easy to play, and funny, and has a decent story hidden in it too.

        • It just got repetitive and boring as hell really fast.

  • VampyreSquirrel

    I used WoW to get my ex into gaming, guess that didn’t work in my favor.

    I’d probably use something in the vein of Ori and the Blind Forest, or maybe even Unravel at this moment in time. Something that will captivate and looks good.

    • BakedBagel

      Thats like introducing someone who wants to try some drugs, to heroin.

      Do you understand the gravity of what you did?

      • Pariah

        “ex”

        I think he knows. 😀

        • BakedBagel

          ayyyy fucking kek

      • VampyreSquirrel

        Yeah I totally do understand, she got 5 characters to lvl 90 before she kicked the habit. I’m hooked again, 4th time I’m back to WoW since I started in WotLK. My friend’s ex GF is worse, she has 10 lvl 100’s XD

        • Pariah

          I had 3 raiding lvl 85’s the first time. Then I had 2 raiding lvl 100’s.

          Now I don’t play WoW, and won’t. Just those few literally took up 6 nights a week. No thanks. I like to play other games too.

          • VampyreSquirrel

            Yeah, I had 2 raiding in Cata, 2 in MoP and I’m not raiding this time around.

    • Loftus ~ Sic Parvis Magna

      You should have let her create a Horde character…..

      #shotsfired

      • VampyreSquirrel

        lol, she had more Horde than Alliance.

        • Loftus ~ Sic Parvis Magna

          What is the same between Noobs and Rogues ? They both pick Locks 😉

          • VampyreSquirrel

            LMAO

  • Not Dark Souls.

  • Loftus ~ Sic Parvis Magna

    Step 1 : Introduce them to Bloodborne
    Step 2 : ………………………
    Step 3: ……………………….
    Step 4: apologize, buy new TV and remote control

  • Splatoon. Done. Game Over

    • Pariah

      But then they’d have to buy a Nintendo console… 🙁

      • and the problem with that? It’s a fantastic starting platform. The games have that fun element that would hook a person easy

        • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

          I’ll wait for the NXt one

        • Pariah

          It’s expensive and useless after one Mario game.

  • Not Dota

  • Not LoL

  • Not Heroes of the storm

    • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

      Keep em coming

    • Pariah

      Actually this wouldn’t be a bad introduction. It’s noob friendly, and boring enough that they’d move on to better things in a few months.

      • *boring
        Would not convince a single person to start gaming

        • Pariah

          Nono, to start its really exciting. It gets boring after a little time, by which time the bug has bitten and they’re ready to actually start gaming. 😛

  • Not Smite

    • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

      XD

  • Not HoN

  • Not Strife

  • Not Total War Arena

  • Also not a single TD mod.

    • Pariah

      TD is awesome noob. GTFO with your crocs.

  • Not E.T

  • Not Mount Your Friends. That’s only for Matty

    • Strawman Jim

      You want to mount Matty?

      • No no no. Only Matty enjoys mounting his friends…

        • Pariah

          Confirmed, Llew is friends with Matty!

  • Strawman Jim

    Bloodborn and Dark Souls – and then I’ll laugh at them for constantly dying! Yes, my alignment is CHAOTIC EVIL

  • Not Kim Kardashian’s game

    • AfricanTime

      better than watching the tv show?

    • Strawman Jim

      Kim Kardashian is a national icon! YOU TAKE THAT BACK!!!!

      • Admiral Chief in New York

        Nana Jim, you are one comment away from being peeled

        • Strawman Jim

          SIES!!! 😮

  • Ok I’m done

    • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

      Not any console, PC for life
      *kinda bummed at you now

      • Console is actually easier to get someone in to gaming. Sad but true

        • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

          Yeah, you don’t have to build a console for starters 😛

    • Pariah

      All that talk of mounting Matty and that’s what pushes you over the edge? Interesting.

  • Strawman Jim

    Seriously though – the Disney Infinity series : just an amazing series of games to get people gaming. I showed it to my mother once and she absolutely loved it, same with another non-gaming friend of mine.

    • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

      C B low 😛

    • BakedBagel

      Bruh the first game i showed to my mother was the Hercules game on the PS1 SHE SAT THE ENTIRE DAY AND FINISHED IT. SMDH

      I remember asking her if i could fking play, and got shut down so hard.

      • Strawman Jim

        Woah! hahah

  • Original Heretic

    Dark Souls. Go full on trial by fire. Sink or swim!

    • Pariah

      I’m a gamer and I hate Dark Souls. It’s so fucking boring. And I don’t want to read about the story on a wiki, thanks. I want it while playing. I want a reason to kill this next boss. If there’s no reason, there’s no point to the entire game.

      • AfricanTime

        yeah, i find these Dark Souls/bloodborne series boring as well, “oh you died, start right in the beginning and do it all over”

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        But there is a story. If you read the item description, then realise that if you walk around a certain rock four times ANTI-clockwise, making sure to have a completely different and unrelated weapon equipped AND making sure to jump at the exact right spot at the end of each circuit, which in turn leads you to explore a cave where you’ll die. Then do it all over again, and when you get your souls back from the cave realise you should’ve been heading west to a completely different cave, not north, because an NPC at the shrine coughed 3 times when you walked past them, so you have to start all over AGAIN in order to find the first part of the 4000 piece puzzle, then you’ll really understand the story. It’s so easy. Git gud, n00b!

        • Pariah

          This ^

        • And this is only the first boss

  • Strawman Jim

    Fortunately, a 10 year old toddler is introduced to Call of Duty….EVERY DAY #GamingWillNeverDie

  • Strawman Jim

    MATTY DO A REACTION VIDEO WITH YOUR PARENTS OR ELDERLY FAMILY MEMBER PLAYING DARK SOULS 3!!! PLEASE DO IT FOR THE LAGZ COMMUNITY!!!

    I wrote that in caps, because… reasons!

    • hairyknees

      Lol XD my mom playing games… OH LAWD! What about the girlfriend? Getting her to play Dark Souls could be fun 😛

    • hairyknees

      Unless you have another recommendation for my mom 😛 I think Dark Souls III would be way too daunting.

  • Captain JJ vs …………..

    Skyrim. I’ve already used it to get two people into gaming. And it worked like a charm.

  • Gardos

    My whole family used to love the King’s Quest series growing up. I think it was the combination of simplicity, humour and challenging puzzles that did the trick. PS. if someone can suggest a modern equivalent to that kind of game I’d be grateful! (aside from the KQ remake)

    • Captain JJ vs …………..

      Maybe something like Tales from the Borderlands? Or some of the Deponia titles? I don’t know these types of games too well, but I think those are in line.

      • Gardos

        Thanks, will check them out!

  • oVg whippersnapper

    Mario Kart. The casual has to start somewhere.

    • Gardos

      But for Mario Kart you need a Wii U… I don’t want a Wii U! *throws tantrum*

  • Deceased

    Got elder-sister into RPGs with Dragon Age:Origins
    Got younger-sister into RPGs with Fable and Diablo 2
    Got my old man into RTS with Company of Heroes and into FPS with ArmA 3 and into general pew-pew with Warthunder
    Got a colleague and his non-gaming gf into survival RPG with Don’t Starve ( they jam DST together now O.o )
    Corrupting same colleague into the heroin that is twitch-FPS with the upcoming Overwatch

  • ElimiNathan

    Rayman

  • Dane

    Well, here’s my story: Worms 2 >> Age of Empires 2 >> Medal of Honour: Allied Assault >> Hooked.

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